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Creating an Equitable City: A Conversation with Eve Ewing and Marisa Novara

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In more equitable school systems we find more students who are well educated, self-aware, and well-grounded in their own identity—and thus able to build strong relationships with people who are different than them. This is the foundation of building a more just, equitable, and inclusive future for Chicago. 

Join The University of Chicago School Social Service Administration (SSA) for this panel conversation on how we can create more equitable schools and communities that lay the foundation for a more just and inclusive society.

This event is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed. Seating will be extremely limited, so please arrive promptly. Food and refreshments will be served, and the Seminary Co-op will be selling books on site. 

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5:30 pm

Check-in and light reception

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Program with Q & A

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Book sale and signing of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side


Marisa Novara, Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and SSA alumna, is a co-author of MPC’s groundbreaking study that calculates the costs of racial and economic segregation in Chicagoland and a subsequent set of recommendations for reducing segregation, increasing racial equity, and collectively creating a metropolitan Chicago that works for everyone.  

Eve L. Ewing is Assistant Professor at SSA and author of the new book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, which tells the story of Chicago’s 2013 school closings, from their unfolding to their aftermath, and the efforts of many Chicagoans to fight for better schools, thriving livelihoods, and self-determination.


Tawa Mitchell, also an SSA alumna, is a Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where, as a member of the Chicago Commitment team, she supports creative and effective organizations working to make Chicago a city where opportunity is equitable, and justice can thrive.

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Parking: University of Chicago surface parking lots are free and open after 4:00pm. The closest lots are #6 Wells, #8 Woodlawn Social Services Center, and #9 Edelstone.

For questions about the event or persons in need of a special accommodation, please contact or call 773.702.2744.